Population: 6,703,860 (July 2014 est.)
Ethnic groups: Mestizo (mixed Spanish and Amerindian) 95%, other 5%
Religions: Roman Catholic 89.6%, Protestant 6.2%, other Christian 1.1%, other or unspecified 1.9%, none 1.1% (2002 est.)
On 6/18/2003 at 1259hrs., Rev. Hansen received this prophecy for Central and South America:
"Witchcraft and voodoo, chants and charms, spirits, demons, devils and gods are worshiped and adored. Your past is haunting; your past is destructive; your past is cursed with disease, plagues and death. Yet, your past is mild in comparison with the turmoil coming in the future -- earthquakes, disease, calamities and death.
Your gods, sorcerers, witches and magicians will not be able to save you from what I am allowing to come upon your nations, lands, water and oceans.
You have denied the Truth of the Ages and I am about ready to deny you of my protection and love. Cry out to your gods and see if they will or can answer you now. They are dead and they will burn with the fire of my wrath as I clean the land of its curses, plagues, disease and death.
Yes, a New Earth is coming and you will know that I live. Come under my blood into the arms of my love, so I can protect you from what lies ahead. Come now unto me, the Spirit of God Jesus Christ is saying."
History of Paraguay:
Indians speaking Guarani were the country's first inhabitants. In 1526 and again in 1529, Sebastian Cabot explored Paraguay when he sailed up the Parana and Paraguay rivers. From 1608 until their expulsion from the Spanish dominions in 1767, the Jesuits maintained an extensive establishment in the south and east of Paraguay.
Paraguay achieved its independence from Spain in 1811. Paraguay was governed by three dictators during the first 60 years of independence. The first was José Gaspar Rodríguez de Francia. He ruled from 1814 until his death in 1840. Francia is credited with preserving independence. Francia also trampled on human rights, imposing a police state based on espionage, threats and force. Francia banned religious orders, closed the country's only seminary, "secularized" Roman Catholic monks and priests by forcing them to swear loyalty to the state, and confiscated church property.
The second dictator was a lawyer named Carlos Antonio López. López loosened restrictions on dealing with foreign nations and boosted exports, but allowed Paraguayans no more freedom to oppose the government than they had under Francia. Congress became his puppet and the 1844 Constitution placed all power in López's hands. He died in 1862.
The third dictator, Francisco Solano López, son of Carlos Antonio López, waged war against Uruguay, Brazil, and Argentina in 1865-1870, a conflict in which Paraguay lost two-thirds of all adult males and much of its territory. The Chaco War (1932-1935) with Bolivia won Paraguay more western territory.
Alfredo Stroessner was dictator from 1954 until 1989, during which he was accused of the torture and murder of thousands of political opponents. Despite Paraguay's human rights record, the U.S. continuously supported Stroessner. Stroessner was overthrown by army leader Gen. Andres Rodriguez in 1989. Paraguay's new constitution went into effect in 1992. In 1993, Juan Carlos Wasmosy, a wealthy businessman and the candidate of the governing Colorado Party, won a five-year term in free elections.
Raul Cubas Grau was elected president in May 1998. In 1999, Cubas was forced from office for his alleged involvement in the assassination of Vice President Luis Maria Argana. The vice president had criticized Cubas for refusing to jail his mentor, Gen. Lino Oviedo, who had been convicted of leading a failed 1996 coup against Wasmosy.
Luis Ángel González Macchi was appointed caretaker president after Cubas stepped down. He survived a coup attempt in 2000 and an impeachment attempt in 2003 before losing the election.
On August 15, 2003, former journalist Nicanor Duarte Frutos was sworn in as president. In 2004, Gen. Lino Oviedo was finally arrested and jailed.
In 2006, Macchi was sentenced to eight years in prison for running an embezzlement scheme to pocket $16 million in state funds.
On April 22, 2008, Fernando Lugo, a former Roman Catholic Bishop, was elected president of Paraguay beating the candidate of the Colorado Party, Blanca Ovelar de Duarte, ending the Colorado Party's 61 years in power. Fernando Lugo was sworn in as president on August 15, 2008.
In August 2010, President Fernando Lugo was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. He continued his duties as President while undergoing treatment.
On June 22, 2012, Paraguay's Senate voted to oust President Fernando Lugo after the Senate convened and put Lugo on trial with a list of accusations. The Senate refused Lugo's request for time to come back with a defense. Vice President Federico Franco was sworn in to replace Lugo.
Days later, Brazil, Uruguay, Chile, and Venezuela recalled their ambassadors from Paraguay. President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner of Argentina and President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela both called Lugo's dismal a coup d'état. Federico Franco said the process was constitutional
In general elections held on April 21, 2013, the Colorado Party took the majority in the Senate and Chamber of Deputies, putting them back in control. Colorado Party candidate, Horacio Cartes, defeated Efraín Alegre, of the Paraguay Alegre alliance, for president.
© 2003 World Ministries International
The following are some Scriptures that deal with end-time events. All prophecies concerning the nations are leading up to fulfillment of end-time judgments (events).
Ezekiel chapters 38 & 39
Zechariah 13: 8-9
Zechariah 14: 1-16
Daniel chapters 2, 4, 7-12
Matthew 24: 1-51
Mark 13: 1-37
Luke 21: 6-38
The book of Revelation
The book of Joel
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